1. What type of Yoga training does this course offer?
You will learn to teach Hatha and Hatha Flow style classes primarily. Although this is the main style of the curriculum you will have modules on restorative, vinyasa, Yin, prenatal and more! This will give you a strong foundation to move into any specialized yoga style with ease.
2. How much experience is required to apply for the course?
No previous experience is required, however we recommend that you have a regular yoga practice and a strong interest in expanding your knowledge about yoga asana, history, philosophy, and lifestyle.
3. Do you have any suggestions on ways to prepare for the training?
Maintain a regular daily Yoga practice, this is essential! Your daily practice can change day to day and should be things you do both on and off of your mat. It could range from 5 minutes to 1.5 hours. Yogic practices are not just limited to the physical asana. Your daily practice could include meditation, pranayama, reading yogic texts, or even connecting to nature. Come with an open mind ready to receive and learn!
4. I have physical limitations; can I still apply for the course?
Yes! This course puts a strong emphasis on learning to adapt Yoga for ALL bodies. There is no prerequisite to do all of the poses in the curriculum, only that you understand them and can use your verbal cues to guide students through the process. There are Asana classes in the course and you are expected to participate to the best of your ability; however you MUST respect your body and rest as required. The only mandatory is that you are present, attentive and actively learning. Some of the best teachers have limitations; they can be useful as teaching tools for yourself and others.
5. Do you have any recommended readings to help with the course content?
Although there is only one required book, besides your manual, there are many others that you may find helpful during or leading up to your course. This list is not in any particular order of importance. Pick based on what interests you most or areas you know little about. There is no expectation that you read any of the books below during your course but many of them will be referenced and can be valuable resources and afterwards as you continue to grow as an instructor.
• Teaching Yoga – Donna Farhi
• Meditations From The Mat – Rolf Gates
• Wheels of Life – Anodea Judith
• Awakening Shakti – Sally Kempton
• Jaya an Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata – Devdutt Pattanaik
• The Yoga Tradition – Georg Feuerstein (heavy read)
• Yoga Anatomy – Leslie Kaminoff
• The Key Poses of Yoga – Ray Long
• The Key Muscles of Yoga – Ray Long
• Light on Yoga – B.K.S. Iyengar
• Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – B.K.S. Iyengar
• Light on Pranayama – B.K.S. Iyengar
• Light on Life – B.K.S. Iyengar
• Yoga Discipline of Freedom – Barbara Stoler Miller
• Yoga and the Quest to the True Self – Stephen Cope
• Prakriti Your Ayurvedic Constitution – Dr. Robert E. Svoboda
6. Is this course only for those who wish to teach?
This course is appropriate for both those who want to teach and for personal development. This course is great for individuals looking to dive deeper into Yogic practices and increase their understanding. Many people initially think they do not wish to teach but often that changes as the course continues. Whether you plan to teach or not, keep an open mind and simply enjoy this transformational experience.
7. Do you provide teaching opportunities after the course is over?
Yes, there are opportunities for you to shadow, assist, and even teach Karma classes. Many subbing/teaching opportunities are offered to our graduates.